Mr Stress Blues Band "Live at the Brick Cottage 1972-1973" CD

“...a choice discovery for those passionate for the Buckeye u-ground and for lovers of early Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, and their ’60s Chicago blues inspirations as well.” —Joseph Neff/The Vinyl District

Smog Veil Records announces the second of three release in the Platters du Cuyahoga series 1: Mr. Stress Blues Band: Live At The Brick Cottage 1972 – 1973. "Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller [January 1, 1943 -- May 18, 2015] performed “thousands of gigs," the Cleveland Plain Dealer explains, "He played with Steppenwolf, the MC5, the James Gang. Jammed with 100-plus bandmates, including rock heroes such as Chrissie Hynde, Peter Laughner and Jimmy Fox." The record features an amazing hot set by a band at the height of its powers and extensive liner notes written by Nick Blakey.

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The album is a collection of recordings taped live at the legendary Brick Cottage in Cleveland in 1972 and 1973. Peter Laughner, Cleveland proto-punk legend and brief member of the Mr. Stress Blues Band, initially got the band booked at the “Sick Brick.” The scene in and around the Brick was the stuff of legend replete with gun-toting regulars, junkies nodding out in front of the stage, and a feisty waitress named Monique that could and often did put certain customers in their place.

The band played regularly in Cleveland with numerous local perfomers and shared the stage with touring acts such as Otis Spann, Bonnie Raitt, James Montgomery, Rotary Connection, Joe Jackson, Little Steven, Steppenwolf, Nazz, and Three Dog Night and many others. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders even namedropped Mr. Stress in the popular Pretenders' song "Precious." 

"As a bandleader, Miller fronted his iconic Mr. Stress Blues Band through numerous permutations," music researcher Nick Blakey explains. Some of the best and brightest musicians in Cleveland who passed through the band included Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), Peter Laughner (Pere Ubu/Rocket From The Tombs), Anton Fier (Golden Palominos/The Feelies/Swans), Vito San Filippo (Tower of Power/The O’Jays), James Emery (String Trio of New York/Anthony Braxton), Glenn Schwartz (Pacific Gas & Electric/All Saved Freak Band), Alan Greene (Breathless/The Innocent), Ken Klimak (Dr. John), Chuck Drazdik (It’s A Beautiful Day), Kenny Ruscitto (15-60-75), no less than six members of The James Gang, as well as noted international journalist and writer Eric Ehrmann."

The album features the band performing live takes on songs by Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, and more. Musicians on the recording include: Bill “Mr. Stress” Miller on vocals and harmonica; Charlie “Pontiac Slim” Drazdik on guitar; Tom Rinda on bass; Mike “The Professor” Sands on electric piano; Dr. Pete Sinks on drums (1972 tracks); and Kenny Ruscitto on drums (1973 tracks).

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